Leyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani states that there is no pressure on his players, only himself ahead of his sides clash with Port Vale tomorrow.
Liverani spoke to London 94.9 yesterday hinted at the lack of a cutting edge from the O’s who have failed to score in their last 2 matches despite dominating. “It was a encouraging performance against Barnsley and Crawley but we need to score“. Liverani added “I always look forward to the game and our last game was a good performance and had many attempts on goal“
- Orient failed to score in 14 of their 38 matches
- Failed to score in 8 of their 19 home matches
Orient’s problem this year has been consistency but Orient defender Scott Cuthbert admitted that Crawley were “hungrier than us, we gave them something to hold on to” . The O’s sit 3 points from safety at the bottom of league 1 and face 4 huge matches in the next coming weeks. Home games against Vale and Gillingham while vital trips to relegation rivals Coventry and Crewe. Cuthbert has urged the Orient fans to get behind the team “we need the fans support, we will need you on Saturday”
With all the experience in the Orient squad it was somewhat of a surprise that they have fallen down so much from last season “it has been a frustrating season, from last season to this season, very depressing” Orient loaned out Kevin Lisbie last week to Stevenage but Cuthbert insists that “there is so much talent in the side that has played at a higher level, we will remain positive and fight till the end”.
Orient’s defeat at Crawley last week didn’t come to much cost as only Crawley picked up points at the bottom of the league. Liverani interviewed after last week’s defeat stated “the game was very important but other results don’t change the league table too much, 3 points still separates many teams”
Vale travel to Orient on the back of three consecutive defeats and are not mathematically safe themselves. Vale lost 1-0 away at Sheffield United last weekend but Rob Page was pleased with how his team responded in the game, “Second half performance was better but aspects of the game could have been better, we made a couple of changes at half time and we were better for it”. Vale have a very slim chance of a play off spot but a win at Brisbane Road on Saturday would clinch safety for another season.
- Vale collected 21 of their 48 points away – W6,D3,L10 but won 3 of their last 4 on their travels
- Taken 6 points from last 18 available – W2, L4
Vale added Francisco Junior from Everton, Neil Collins from Sheffield United and Mohamed Couilibaly from Bournemouth to boost their squad for the end of season run in. Page stated in an interview today that “I don’t want the season to fizzle out, I want to have a right good go and by adding quality we have given ourselves the best chance to do it”.